How can donating something for reuse create an ethical question? I'll let anastasiav explain, from her posting on Ask Metafilter. She's trying to decide what to do with her son's old baby bottles.
Part of me wants to donate them (I even have unused nipples in packages) to a local shelter / food bank, but of course we all now know that clear polycarbonate bottles probably leach bisphenol-A into the milk. ... Can you help me make the most ethical choice?I don't know that there's any easy answer to this one; the replies argued both sides of the issue.
Infant feeding bottles are expensive items, and I'm sure there are low income women in my community who could use these bottles if I donated them, but I'm having some ethical issues with the idea of donating an item that I am aware would probably leach bisphenol-A into the child's milk or formula. (I did continue to use these bottles with my own son, despite the fact that I was aware of the issue, but I knew I was making an educated choice and took measures to limit the exposure.) ...
On the other hand, I feel equally guilty about simply throwing away an item that could be useful to someone.
What would you do:
-- Donate the bottles
-- Throw them away
-- Some other option I'm not aware of?
[photo shows a BPA-free baby bottle]